BLUE EARTH — Phyllis LaDuke, age 97, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, with her loving family around her at St. Luke’s Care Center in Blue Earth, Minn. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Russ Jacobsen presiding.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Phyllis was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Faribault County to Frank and Alvina (Thompson) Klump. She graduated from Winnebago High School in 1938 as salutatorian of her class and she was very involved in music as a cellist and majorette in school.
Phyllis married John LaDuke on July 3, 1938.
She was a talented organist and pianist, giving piano lessons for over 25 years. Phyllis was very busy over the years raising her nine children, but always managed to participate in community activities, as well as assist her husband in his business ventures.
She and John were members of the Masons and Eastern Star, of which, she was Worthy Matron.
Phyllis shared her musical talent as church organist for over 50 years at the Methodist Church in Blue Earth. She loved being involved in her Extension group, Church Circle, Garden Club, the Volunteer Masterpiece Art Program in the school and teaching English as a Second Language through the Senior Volunteer Program.
In 2006, Phyllis was chosen as the Mitchell Chautauqua Woman of the Year.
One of her many attributes was her unconditional love for her family. The most important thing in her life was her family. She was always there for them, supporting and encouraging them in their many endeavors as a Girl Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, 4-H Leader, Sunday School teacher and initiated Jobs Daughter Program in Blue Earth.
Phyllis is survived by her children, Carol (Jim) Bromeland of Winona, Minn., Jack (Fiona) LaDuke of Prescott, Ariz., Ruthanne of St. Cloud, Minn., Nancy (Alan) Thompson of Blue Earth, Minn., Mary (David) Fair of Whitney, Texas, Laura LaDuke of St. Cloud, Minn., Thomas (Jillian) LaDuke of Owatonna, Minn., and Joseph (Merle) LaDuke of Los Angeles, Calif., 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jean Klopp; brother, Robert Klump; husband, John; and daughter, Donna Jordahl.